Montserrat Overview

Montserrat (United Kingdom)

Montserrat is located in the northeast Caribbean, at the center of the Little Antilles. An area of 102 square kilometers is home to a population of 09,000, mainly black. Residents are primarily Protestant or Catholic, and English is the main language. The currency is the East Caribbean dollar. The capital was Plymouth, but this was destroyed by volcanic eruptions in 1997, and the provisional seat of government is now Blades (Brades).

Montserrat Flag

Montserrat Country Flag

History Summary

Columbus came to the island in 1493, and in 1632 it became a British colony, although was later occupied twice by France. In 1783 it once again became a British colony. 1871-1956 years back as part of Phoenix Islands Federation colony. 1958-1962 as the “West Indies Federation” members. A referendum in January 1967 resulted in the country remaining a British colony, with a ruling Governor appointed by Queen of England.

Economy and Culture Overview

Montserrat’s economy relies on tourism, services, and agriculture. In recent years, communications and the rapid development of the financial industry have meant that these now provide a major source of income.

Montserrat Map

Montserrat Map


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